When you think about Mexican culture, what do you think of? More than likely, you think of a culture of machismo and the traditional values of the Catholic Church. While all of this is also true, Mexico is a modern society and as in the US and other Western countries, homosexuality is accepted in Mexican society.
In fact, the state of Coahuila and Mexico City itself have legalized civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, with Michoacan, Veracruz, Puebla, Guerrero, Colima and Jalisco being well on their way to doing the same.
It seems Mexico is a more progressive country than you may have thought! This is not to say that many gays and lesbians are not in the closet in Mexico. Despite broad acceptance, many homosexuals still prefer to keep their preferences a secret.
In general, Mexicans are more private about their personal lives than are Americans. Mexico is a country which gladly welcomes vacationers gay and straight alike. Mexico is such a gay friendly country that Planetout named it the top destination for gay travel in 2007.
There are a lot of great places to visit in Mexico. These are the Mexico’s top gay destinations.
Cancun. On top of the list is Cancun. Is the newest hot spot for gay visitors. Traditionally it was Acapulco, or Puerto Vallarta. This even though it has an image that it is a place for straight people on Spring Beak.
Cancun is located in the state of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula. This means that Cancun has a subtropical climate. The average temperatures range 81 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The best places for gays to go to for a bit of night life is downtown which is about fifteen minutes from the Hotel Zone.
There is the Karamba, this place is popular for a mix, young international crowd for the last thirty years. There’s also the Picante, the crowd that this place is popular for is, straights, gays, drag queens, transvestites.
While Cancun’s Villas Tacul beach is marketed towards gay tourists, those in the know instead go to the Playa Delfines, the widest and longest beach in Cancun. There are around a hundred different hotels in Cancun, most of which are gay friendly.
Mexico City. As Mexico’s largest city (and in fact, Mexico City is even larger than New York City), Mexico City has a large gay and lesbian community and has even legalized same sex civil unions. Mexico City offers a lot of gay nightlife and culture, with many gay clubs, including a few dozen in the Zona Rosa alone. There are gay theater groups and an annual Gay Pride Parade.
Guadalajara. Mexico’s second city also has a large gay and lesbian population and is a great place for gay tourists to visit. Cultural amenities here include a popular gay radio show, a gay cultural center and a more atmosphere about homosexuality than seen in many other Mexican cities. Guadalajara has a particularly large lesbian population.
There is a long list of gay bars and clubs. But here is just a couple. The Angel’s bar that plays electronica. Monica’s Disco plays Latin rhythm disco. To locate other clubs and bars for a bit of nightlife look for La Guia Rosa or Zona Gay.
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